Everybody Loves Raymond

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Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond logo.png
GenreSitcom
Created byPhilip Rosenthal
StarringRay Romano
Patricia Heaton
Brad Garrett
Doris Roberts
Peter Boyle
Madylin Sweeten
Monica Horan
Sawyer Sweeten
Sullivan Sweeten
Opening theme"Everybody Loves Raymond Theme" (seasons 1–2)
"Ode To Joy" (seasons 3–5)
"Drunken Sailor" (season 6)
"Jungle Love" (seasons 7–9)
Composer(s)Rick Marotta
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes210 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s)Warner Bros. Studios
Burbank, California
Running time22–23 minutes
Production company(s)Where's Lunch
Worldwide Pants
HBO Independent Productions
DistributorWarner Bros. International Television
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
King World Productions (2000–07)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i 4:3 (SDTV) (seasons 1–3)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV) (seasons 1–9)
Audio formatDolby Surround 2.0
Original runSeptember 13, 1996 (1996-09-13) – May 16, 2005 (2005-05-16)
 
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Everybody Loves Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond logo.png
GenreSitcom
Created byPhilip Rosenthal
StarringRay Romano
Patricia Heaton
Brad Garrett
Doris Roberts
Peter Boyle
Madylin Sweeten
Monica Horan
Sawyer Sweeten
Sullivan Sweeten
Opening theme"Everybody Loves Raymond Theme" (seasons 1–2)
"Ode To Joy" (seasons 3–5)
"Drunken Sailor" (season 6)
"Jungle Love" (seasons 7–9)
Composer(s)Rick Marotta
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes210 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s)Warner Bros. Studios
Burbank, California
Running time22–23 minutes
Production company(s)Where's Lunch
Worldwide Pants
HBO Independent Productions
DistributorWarner Bros. International Television
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
King World Productions (2000–07)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i 4:3 (SDTV) (seasons 1–3)
1080i 16:9 (HDTV) (seasons 1–9)
Audio formatDolby Surround 2.0
Original runSeptember 13, 1996 (1996-09-13) – May 16, 2005 (2005-05-16)

Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, and Peter Boyle. It originally ran on CBS from September 13, 1996, to May 16, 2005. Many of the situations from the show are based on the real-life experiences of Romano, creator/producer Phil Rosenthal and the show's writing staff. The main characters on the show are also loosely based on Romano's and Rosenthal's real-life family members.

The show reruns in syndication on various channels, such as TBS, TV Land, and in most TV markets on local stations.[1] From 2000 to 2007, King World distributed the show for off-network syndication and Warner Bros. International Television handled international distribution. In 2007, CBS Television Distribution took over King World's distribution. CBS only owns American syndication rights; ancillary rights are controlled by HBO and Warner Bros. Television (WBIT distributes the series outside the US in conjunction with HBO; while HBO Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video own DVD rights worldwide).

Show background[edit]

The show revolves around the life of Italian-American Raymond Barone, a sportswriter for Newsday living with his family in Lynbrook, New York. Whiny and flippant, Raymond does not take many things seriously, making jokes in nearly every situation, no matter how troubling or problematic. In addition, he often avoids responsibilities around the house and with his kids, leaving this to his wife Debra.

Raymond and Debra live with their daughter Ally and twin sons Michael and Geoffrey (originally Matthew and Gregory in the pilot). The Barone children, played by real-life siblings, are regular characters but not a major focus. Raymond's parents, Marie and Frank, and older brother Robert live across the street, and frequently make their presence known to the frustration of Raymond and Debra. Debra's frequent complaints about Raymond's family are a running joke. Out of the three unwanted visitors, Debra is particularly put off by Marie – an insulting, controlling and manipulative, though loving, woman who constantly criticizes Debra and coddles Ray, clearly favoring him over Robert, whose impending birth (as was established in the episode "Good Girls") drove her into marriage.

Raymond often finds himself in the middle of all the problems and arguments and proves himself incapable of taking any sort of stand, especially if there is the chance that it will bring down his mother's wrath on him. His biggest nemesis is his brother Robert, who is insecure and jealous of Raymond for being the favorite son, as well as of Raymond's relative success in both his professional and family life. Robert and Raymond are frequently seen fighting like children and picking on each other, although they on occasion have been shown to love one another.

Raymond and Robert's father, Frank, is a very crass and obnoxious person, constantly making insulting and sarcastic remarks to everyone with whom he comes into contact. Largely an absentee father when the boys were growing up, Frank does not like to show his feelings, although, in an effort to make the character a bit more sympathetic, throughout the years several episodes were crafted to show that he actually does love his family. Frank is the only one who has the nerve to criticize Marie and often comes to Debra's defense from Marie's jibes.

Raymond and Debra constantly have marital disagreements, with Raymond's preferring to watch sports television instead of talking with Debra about important matters. Like his father, Raymond works full-time, leaving all the child-rearing responsibilities to Debra, and he has to be bullied into helping with any work around the house. A recurring theme on the show has them having a long interaction each night while in bed before going to sleep.

Cast and characters[edit]

The five principal characters during an argument. Episode: "The Can Opener"
ActorRoleYearsSeasonsEpisodes
Ray RomanoRaymond "Ray" Barone1996–20051–9210
Patricia HeatonDebra Barone209
Brad GarrettRobert Charles Barone
Doris RobertsMarie Barone210
Peter BoyleFrank Barone206
Madylin SweetenAlexandra "Ally" Barone146
Sullivan and Sawyer SweetenMichael and Geoffrey Barone136
Monica HoranAmy MacDougall-Barone1996–200564

Episodes[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

HBO Home Video released the Complete Series of Everybody Loves Raymond on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4. Region 4 Complete Box Set was released on August 13, 2008. In Australia, the first five seasons were re-released in 2006 in slimmer packaging (originals were wide spine cases). Also some were released with a cardboard slip cover. Also, in North America, the first two seasons were each re-released in 2010 in standard keep cases with cardboard slipcovers in a double-season pack. It is unknown whether or not they will be sold individually like this. Also, in 2012, the sixth and seventh season two-pack was reissued in the keep case packaging. It is also unknown whether or not the remaining seasons will be reissued in the slimmer packaging. As of September 2012, all episodes are available on Netflix for streaming.

DVD NameEp #Release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
The Complete 1st Season22September 14, 2004January 17, 2005December 16, 2004
The Complete 2nd Season25December 14, 2004July 4, 2005April 27, 2005
The Complete 3rd Season26May 3, 2005January 16, 2006July 12, 2005
The Complete 4th Season24September 13, 2005May 1, 2006April 5, 2006
The Complete 5th Season25December 6, 2005July 3, 2006July 5, 2006
The Complete 6th Season24May 9, 2006October 2, 2006October 4, 2006
The Complete 7th Season25September 19, 2006January 15, 2007April 4, 2007
The Complete 8th Season23May 8, 2007July 16, 2007October 3, 2007
The Complete 9th Season16September 18, 2007November 12, 2007October 3, 2007
The Complete Series210October 30, 2007September 5, 2011August 13, 2008

Foreign remakes[edit]

Russian version and documentary[edit]

In 2009, series creator/producer Philip Rosenthal traveled to Russia to adapt the show for local audiences. His experience was documented by a film crew and released as the documentary feature Exporting Raymond.[2] The Russian version is titled (Russian) Воронины[3] (Voroniny, by family name of main character).[4]

Other versions[edit]

The original American version of the show has been dubbed then broadcast in Poland under the title Wszyscy kochają Romana (Everybody Loves Roman).[5] It was picked up by TVN and premiered on September 2, 2011. However, due to low ratings (less than 2 million viewers a week), the station put the show on hiatus after four episodes.[6]

In Egypt a sitcom called El Bab Fil Bab (الباب في الباب ), which means "Close Doors" in Arabic, is produced by Sony Pictures Television, translating Everybody Loves Raymond with minor changes to adapt the Eastern Culture. The first season aired in the month of Ramadan 2011; second season in 2012.

A Dutch remake, called Iedereen is gek op Jack (Everybody is crazy about Jack) premiered in 2011. The second season started airing in March 2012.

An Israeli Remake called "Mishpacah Lo Bochrim" (משפחה לא בוחרים) (You Can't Choose Your Family) premiered in October 2012, and was cancelled after 10 episodes aired.

A pilot for a British remake, titled The Smiths, has been commissioned to be produced for BBC One and was filmed in May 2013 at Elstree Studios. Lee Mack wrote and starred in the pilot, as Michael Smith. The pilot also starred Catherine Tate, Tom Davis, Gwen Taylor and David Troughton.[7]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Two Entertainment Weekly reviews of the show have been posted. Ken Tucker's review shortly after the show's debut awarded it a B+; he stated the show's writing wasn't "top-notch", but "Romano manages to communicate something distinctive."[8] A 1997 review by Bruce Fretts, which gave the show the same score, said that the show "may now be the best sitcom on the air."[9] Common Sense Media's Betsy Wallace, who awarded the show 3 out of 5 stars, wrote: "the cast is stellar and plotlines shed light on universal human insecurities, such as doubting that your spouse still finds you attractive as you grow older." However, she warned that the show's "intimacy issues of married couples -- including (in)frequency of sex -- often take center stage," as well as the show's mild language.[10] Plugged In said in their review, "Seven years and a mantle full of Emmys later, Raymond is still smartly scripted, now with new characters added to a maturing, expanding family."[11]

American television ratings[edit]

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps. All times mentioned in this section were Eastern & Pacific

The series finale scored a 20.2 household rating, 32.94 million viewers[12] (29% of all viewers at the time) and an 11.2 rating among adults 18–49. At 8pm, Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh averaged a 15.3 household rating, 24.52 million viewers and a 7.5 among adults 18–49. Throughout the latter six seasons of the show, Everybody Loves Raymond maintained its position on the top ten rankings.

The highest average rating for the series is in italic text.

SeasonTimeslot (EST)Season PremiereSeason FinaleTV SeasonRankRating
1Friday 8:30 p.m.
(September 13, 1996 – February 28, 1997)
Monday 8:30 p.m.
(March 3, 1997 – April 7, 1997)
September 13, 1996April 7, 19971996–1997#847.8
2Monday 8:30 p.m.September 22, 1997May 18, 19981997–1998#359.2
3Monday 9:00 p.m.September 21, 1998May 24, 19991998–1999#1110.6
4September 20, 1999May 22, 20001999–2000#1217.8
5October 2, 2000May 21, 20012000–2001#819.0
6September 24, 2001May 13, 20022001–2002#620.0[13]
7September 23, 2002May 19, 20032002–2003#818.39
8September 22, 2003May 24, 20042003–2004 (Tied with Monday Night Football)#1017.38
9September 20, 2004May 16, 20052004–2005#1017.4

Awards[edit]

Won[edit]

Emmy Awards:

Screen Actors Guild:

Writers Guild of America:

Nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards:

Golden Globe Awards:

Screen Actors Guild:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Everybody Loves Raymond: Make Mine a Double Paramount Comedy.
  2. ^ Hollywood Reporter[dead link]
  3. ^ "Сериал "Воронины", смотреть онлайн бесплатно все новые серии "Ворониных", 11, 12 сезоны, лучшие актеры 2011-2012 гг". Ctc-tv.ru. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Wszyscy kochają Romana (2011)" (in Polish). aleseriale.pl. Retrieved 19 Aug 2011. 
  6. ^ Piątek 30.09.2011 (2011-09-30). "PUDELEK - Serial Kasprzykowskiego ZNIKA Z ANTENY!". Pudelek.pl. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  7. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy. BBC Commissions Pilot For ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Remake ‘The Smiths.’ Deadline.com (May 9, 2013).
  8. ^ Tucker, Ken (September 20, 1996). Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Entertainment Weekly. Accessed from 1 May 2013.
  9. ^ Fretts, Bruce (April 11, 1997). TV Show Review: Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Entertainment Weekly. Accessed from 1 May 2013.
  10. ^ Wallace, Betsy. Everybody Loves Raymond - Television Review. Common Sense Media. Accessed from 1 May 2013.
  11. ^ Isaac, Steven. Everybody Loves Raymond. Plugged In. Accessed 1 May 2013.
  12. ^ Kinon, Cristina (December 3, 2009). "The most watched TV episode of the decade was . . . the series finale of 'Friends'". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  13. ^ Brooks, Tim; Earle Marsh (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows (1946—Present): Ninth Edition. United States: Ballantine Books. pp. 1694–1697. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4. 

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